Author Photo of Michael Quattrone, by Guerin Blask
Michael Quattrone
Photo by Guerin Blask
Cover Image: Rhinoceroses by Michael Quattrone (New School, 2007)
(New School, 2007)
Cover Image: One River by One River (Wolfe Island Records, 2018). Cover Photo by Timo Lieber.
One River
(Wolfe Island Records, 2018)
Photo by Timo Lieber

Michael Quattrone is a poet and songwriter who lives and works in Tarrytown, New York. He is the author of the chapbook, Rhinoceroses, selected for the New School Chapbook Award by Olena Kalytiak Davis. Recent poems have appeared in Streetlight, Nixes Mate, and The Shore. You can hear him read “The Kingdom,” in The Night Heron Barks, and watch him recite “Tomorrow,” as part of ArtsWestchester’s Emergence Pop-Up Poetry series, 2021.

Michael was named a “Best New Poet” in 2005 by Octopus Magazine, where his work was first published with an introduction by David Lehman. His sonnet, “February,” is included in the Best American Erotic Poems from 1800 to the Present (Scribner, 2008) and the Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel–Second Floor (No Tell Books, 2007). “Ticker” appears in Daniel Nester’s Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2013).

From 2007 to 2011, Michael curated the KGB Bar’s Monday night poetry series with comrades Laura Cronk and Megin Jimenez. Together they hosted over one hundred emerging and nationally renowned poets at the legendary East Village venue (with only one bar fight).

In 2011, Michael and his wife founded Hearthfire, a non-profit organization that fosters connection with earth, art, and heart. Michael leads Hearthfire’s musical project, One River.

In 2018, Michael released an album of original songs, One River (Wolfe Island Records, 2018), co-produced with Hugh Christopher Brown. Since then, One River has performed at intentional venues in the US and Canada, including the Kripalu Center for Health and Yoga, Esalen, Urban Zen, and the Hero’s Journey Foundation.

Michael holds a BS from Northwestern University, where he studied theater and literature (and performed with the university mime company). He earned an MFA in creative writing at the New School. He continues his practice at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, where he serves on the advisory committee of Slapering Hol Press.


Michael Quattrone’s poems are impressively various. Some younger poets paint themselves into a corner, following one mentor or school without having sampled enough of the field. Quattrone is his own man, and the proof is that his poems embrace such a wide range of impulses, forms, tones, and subjects. He may derive one poem from a newspaper article, another from the elaboration of a trope, a third from the structure of an inventory.

Quattrone is his own man, and the proof is that his poems embrace such a wide range of impulses, forms, tones, and subjects.

He is a poet of “existential paranoia,” but in another mood he is lustily high-spirited, and he can also write unabashedly about the love of a father for his young daughter. The form is suitable to the occasion . . . . And if one poem employs an ironic persona, there is nothing reflexive about the irony, and it will not stop the poet from writing other poems in a quiet truth-telling mode, unafraid of sentiment, wishing he “could explain before it grows too late the shifts / I cannot explain before it’s too, too late.  Later / even than I had originally imagined when / it was not yet too late.  Before I recognized I / did not know what everything meant.”

David Lehman, Introduction to eight poems by Michael Quattrone in Octopus Magazine, 2005


Cover Image: The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present, Edited by David Lehman (Scribner, 2008)
The Best American Erotic Poems
(Scribner, 2008)
Cover Image: The Incredible Sestina Anthology, Edited by Daniel Nester (Write Bloody Publications, 2018)
The Incredible Sestina Anthology
(Write Bloody, 2013)
Cover image: Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel--Second Floor, Edited by Reb Livingston and Molly Arden (No Tell Books, 2008)
Bedside Guide to No Tell MotelSecond Floor
(No Tell Books, 2008)
Author photo of Michael Quattrone. Photo by Dina Regina.
Michael Quattrone
Photo by Dina Regine

About the Type DMQ Review (forthcoming)

Reflection Streetlight, 14 January, 2022

Device Nixes Mate Review, Issue 21/22

Spring Regret The Shore, Issue 12, Winter 2021

Tomorrow The Westchester Review, Summer 2021

Remember My Body Cider Press Review, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2021 (with audio)

July 15 Pareidolia Literary, 1 May 2021

The Kingdom The Night Heron Barks, Winter 2021 (with audio)

Responses to Tina Chang’s Instagram Post, 12/18/20 Indolent Books, Poems in the Afterglow, 12 January 2021

The Value of Stones Streetlight, 1 January 2021 (Pushcart nominated)

The First Recital Poets Reading the News, 14 October 2020

The Humble Crafter Best American Poetry Blog, 20 July 2020

Idyll Coldfront, 12 October 2014

Breakers Best American Poetry Blog, 20 April 2011

Wist New York Quarterly, 64, August 2008

Lo Mein Palace, Here I Come Pool, Volume 7, 2008 (Honorable Mention, Best American Poetry Poem Contest)

Conscript Verse Daily, 23 August 2007

Bill No Tell Motel, 14 August 2007

To The Sitter No Tell Motel, 16 August 2007

Suicide Note Composed on a DayGlo® Post-it® Pad No Tell Motel, 17 August 2007

Forecast No Tell Motel, 18 August 2007

Americain Barrow Street, Summer 2007

Commedia Violi a review of Paul Violi’s Overnight, Jacket 33, July 2007 (reprinted by Modern American Poetry, Best American Poetry Blog, Coldfront)

Ticker McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 10 January 2007

Event Horizon Vera List University Art Collection, June 2006 (Second Prize, creative response to Kara Walker’s installation, Event Horizon, 2005)

Reverie McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 3 May 2006

Two Poems, Pebble Lake Review, Spring 2006

Two Poems, Caffeine Destiny. Winter 2005

Eight Poems, introduced by David Lehman, Octopus Magazine, “Best New Poets” Issue 6, August 2005